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NRHEG Secondary 

3rd Quarter Honor Roll


Grade 12: Adam Anderson, Emily Christensen, Hailie Clausen, Dalton Dahl, Haley Deml, Kellen Ferber, Carson Field, Kendra Grothem, Presley Johnson, Noah Krell, Hannah Light, Hannah Lundberg, Jadyn Nelson-Spies, Paige Overgaard, Ryan Patraw, Laura Ranniger, Douglas Rudau, Morgan Staloch, Carlie Wagner

Grade 11: Nicholas Bartness, Jamie Beckstrand, Brady Beenken, Jana Elin Brand, Alyssa Esplan, Karina Gaona Quezada, Ryann Hagen, Jade Hill, Julia Kanngiesser, Logan Knutson, Dillon Kubiatowicz, Jake Langlie, Melissa Malakowsky, Keith Maxon, Jade Peterson, Andrew Shutrop, Anna Stork, Aurora Strom, Kelson Titus, Spencer Tollefson, Trevor Tracy, Jet Wayne

At 94, Myrtle Peterson enjoys life at Ellendale’s Whispering Oak


HAPPY TO PITCH IN — After suffering a broken hip, Myrtle Peterson may not get around as well as she used to, but she greatly enjoys her busy schedule at Whispering Oak. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)


Staff Writer

There often comes a time when for some reason or another as a senior citizen, you have to leave the home you have lived in for oh-so-many years, and move to a care facility. In 2012, Myrtle Peterson had just gotten out of her car when she took a fall. She ended up with a broken hip and needed some help to recover.

Fortunately, Myrtle had just gotten a call button, the type you wear around your neck, and she was able to call for help. 

At 94 and living in new territory, what does one who has lead a busy, event-filled life do? Keep on doing fun and practical things that not only keep your mind and body busy, but include friends and other residents as well.

Lundberg, Altermatt crowned


Hannah Lundberg, left, and Nicholas Altermatt were crowned 2014 Snow Queen and King Monday at NRHEG High School. The Snow Week talent show is Friday at 12:30 in the high school gym and, like the coronation, is open to the public. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)


SIX MORE WEEKS — The Ellendale groundhog, otherwise known as Mayor Roger Swearingen, emerges from his cozy igloo to see his shadow — and a beverage — during the Ellendale Muncipal Liquor Store’s first Groundhog Day event Sunday, Feb 2. (Submitted photo)

The Ellendale Municipal Liquor Store & Grill held its first Groundhog Day Event on Sunday, February 2nd. Mayor Roger Swearingon, aka the groundhog, slipped from his cozy igloo only to see his shadow, ensuring six more weeks of winter.

The most famous furry weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, Sunday morning, saw his shadow and predicted a longer winter as well.

The Ellendale Municipal Liquor Store is located at 217 Fifth Avenue W, Ellendale, MN and offers a wide range of sandwiches, snacks and more. Stop in to get the Mayor’s next prediction.

One mom’s search for answers about her ‘special’ child’s maladies


Anne and Kaiden Hoelz


Staff Writer

At Christmas, we think of Santa Claus, but more important than Santa, there are angels – angels among us who live next door, who fill the world with sacrifice and love.

The angel of this story is a green eyed blonde, tiny in size, but gigantic in love and spirit, and her name is Anne Hoelz.

Anne is married to Nick – no relation to Santa Claus, but just as important.

Anne's story appeared recently in a news article titled "Reaching for Answers." She and her family are from the Ellendale area, and her story may make you marvel at the strength of the bond that has developed between this mother and son.

You will never hear Anna say she's tired, wished things had been different. Instead, she feels what has been occurring in her family's life is a miraculous thing that has opened many doors. It has educated her in many ways, and brought out talents that may always have been there, but were not brought out until there was a special need.